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Trimmer head that cuts grass vs. tearing it?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by NEwhere1, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. NEwhere1

    NEwhere1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    I got a Stihl Kombisystem this spring. I don't like the string trimmer because I trim up against a border of rocks and the string constantly wears down. Also when i trim near a large long (100') overgrown shrub the string is getting broken off from hitting thick shrubbery. I bought a polycut head and it works okay, it's easy to see the cutting zone, so i don't hit the rocks very often. It handles running into the large shrubbery, and the blades are easy to replace.

    My problem is either of these two heads is tearing the grass vs. cutting it, the poly head is worse than the string head i think (blades thicker than the string), but would need to do a side by side comparison.

    Does anyone know of another option that either tears cleaner or cuts? Am i doing something wrong?

    Do Maruyama attachments fit on a Stihl Kombisystem cause this head looks sweet http://maruyama-us.com/products/multicutter-systems/mc2321-sb/ then look at the Landscape blade in the attachments bottom of page.
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    The trimmer head has nothing to do with cutting. It is just the carrier for the string/blade. Try a smaller diameter string. Make sure you are not using string too large for the head and power of the trimmmer.
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  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Agreed. It's all about the trimmer line, not the head.

    I use ugly line by Shakespeare. You can find it at Lowes. Seems to be the best trimmer line I've found for the commercial work we do.

    The Stihl line that comes with the trimmer isn't very good in my eyes. Even if people say they like it, I haven't had any good luck with it.

  4. NEwhere1

    NEwhere1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Thanks! I've been using the line that came on the straight shaft trimmer head. The stihl website does not provide specifications for my trimmer head. How will i know how small a diameter i can go? I guess i'm asking does the diameter of the hole the string passes through matter?

    Looking at the line stihl makes i've now discovered that the line come in different styles, round, x shaped, multi faceted (4 sides, 5 sides etc.).

    I want this to do the best it can for trimming Bermuda lawn where i can get to it with the mower. I can use the Poly cut for the front yard where i don't care about the quality of the cut/tear.
  5. No, no, no! String trimmers on sports turf is a big no-no. You need a landscape blade. If you are going through the efforts of cutting with a reel, why would you use a string trimmer?
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  6. NEwhere1

    NEwhere1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    I was unaware of such a device prior to a few days ago. I just noticed how bad my trimming was starting to look due to the torn grass. Is there a proper term i should be searching for? "landscape blade" is what Maruyama calls their attachment but i'm not finding any other manufactures.
  7. Yup, that's the one. I have it and it's the best.
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  8. NEwhere1

    NEwhere1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Well looks like i'm SOL, unless I can find a place to buy this http://www.stihl.co.uk/STIHL-Products/KombiSystem/KombiTools/21172-1482/KM-FH-135.aspx not as neat as the Maruyama but seems like it would do what i need. Contacted Stihl and they said no product like the Maruyama is in the works, waiting to hear back about this UK trimmer.

    Wonder if any of these (Landscape blade by Maruyama or the Kawasaki Twin Turbo blade or the RedMax reciprocator) would actually fit on a Stihl?
  9. Forget the Stihl and buy the yama
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  10. NEwhere1

    NEwhere1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Would have to sell the Stihl (130 motor, edger with curved pole, straight non adjustable shrub trimmer, straight shaft weed eater, blower) before i could even think of getting the yama....i wish i could find a thread or video of the Scrub cutter adjustable scythe cutting nice grass, seems like it should work just fine.

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